Biographical Poetry posted March 13, 2012


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Kenya's Greatest Show on Earth

by Joan E.


goats and cattle graze
alongside Grace Ministries
country of contrasts

Karen Blixen's home
again immortalizes
"Out of Africa"

every village has
seven schools and colleges
yet joblessness soars

Samburu tribe boys
tend goats and act as sentries
school is optional

green coffee leaves glint
plus pineapples peek and wink
plantations' fine brunch

white-bellied upright
bright brown-backed browser gallops
gerenuk shifts shape

elusive leopard
reveals its spots and draped tail
vanishes swiftly

tall Masai women
compete to sell carved wood masks
two for ten dollars

cavorting lions
entertain awed visitors
energy connects

lioness protects
last cub against elements
saves baby from hole

browsing baboon plus
velvet monkeys watch tourists
window reflections

Hartman Wildebeast's
age determined by horn width
many old fellows

Masai warriors
return from hunt in loin cloths
striking specimens



5-7-5 Poetry contest entry

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I was delighted to find Sandra C. Valenti's striking oil painting entitled "rex," especially after the 22-hour-return trip from East Africa.

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